Alton Middle School students will celebrate the spirit of service, taking part in Global Youth Service Days Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, by removing an invasive plant species from Rock Spring Park in Alton
Participation on Friday will be organized by science teachers.
On Saturday, volunteers will report to the school teaching garden behind the annex at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. for crew training or report to the Rock Springs Park Lower Shelter by the creek.
Students will assist with the removal of Amur and Morrows bush honeysuckles, common invasive species in the River Bend. Both were introduced from Asia as landscape plants. Since their introduction they have spread rapidly and are crowding out native species and reducing biodiversity. They also make parks and natural areas unsightly, difficult to use and unsafe.
As areas are cleared plans will be developed to reintroduce native species, with an emphasis on creating a foraging forest featuring wild, native, edible species.
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